By: Hibernian Media on 28 Oct, 2019 17:37
Hibernian Ladies slipped to their first domestic defeat since August with Sunday's 3-1 reverse to newly-crowned SWPL champions Glasgow City.
City maintained their impressive undefeated record, having won all 19 games so far in this campaign - bringing an end to Hibs' hot streak of 10 consecutive victories.
There was real intensity to the opening exchanges.
An early free-kick for Glasgow City was delivered into a dangerous area in the seventh minute, though Siobhan Hunter was able to relieve the pressure with a good clearance.
After a call-up the national squad in midweek, Jenna Fife got off to a strong start by pulling off a magnificent save in the 11th minute but she was unable to prevent City from opening the scoring five minutes later.
Clare Shine was played through and, while her initial shot hit the post, she was able to tuck into an empty net.
Hibernian’s first real chance of the game came in the 31st minute when Jamie-Lee Napier whipped a ball in from the right wing.
Unfortunately, Rachael Boyle could not get the desired contact and her effort went behind for a goal kick.
Another superb run form Napier down the right won a corner for the hosts in the 35th minute.
The header was won by Shannon McGregor but the effort was blocked by a City defender before it reached the back of the net.
Hibernian’s best chance of the half came in the 36th minute when Boyle was played through on goal with only Alexander to beat. However, her shot rolled just wide of the right-hand post.
The first booking of the game came for McGregor in the 38th minute for a challenge on City’s Leanne Crichton.
Amy Gallacher came close to giving the hosts an equaliser but her volley in the 43rd minute went just wide of the post.
Into the second half and Fife pulled off a brilliant save with her leg to deny Kirsty Howat their second in the 50th minute.
Another stunning save from Fife followed in the 52nd minute, again preventing a goal from Howat to keep Hibs in the match.
Glasgow City scored their second of the match in the 62nd minute after they were able to catch the hosts on the counter.
The ball fell to Shine, who was unable to get a shot off in the box under pressure and so laid it back selflessly to substitute Megan Foley, who placed it beyond Fife.
Hibernian were able to pull one back in the 72nd minute.
Colette Cavanagh climbed off the bench to get on the end of Chelsea Cornet’s cross from the right and head the ball beyond Alexander.
Hibernian thought they had their equaliser when the ball nestled in the back of the net net after McGregor’s header in the 86th minute.
However, the goal was ruled out after Napier made contact in an offside position.
City’s third came in the 88th after it appeared that Amy Muir had been fouled in the build-up. The referee waived play on and so Jordan McLintock ran through to slot it under Fife.
Hibernian’s final chance of the game fell to Boyle in the closing stages, who forced a fantastic save from Alexander and her long-range effort was tipped onto the bar.
Report: Struan Garvie.
Image: Craig Doyle Media/Hibernian Ladies.